by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier
:10—Let’s get right to it. It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong. I am a big man… and I was wrong! I will now exercise my executive position and recount my Steelers’ win-loss record from 11 wins to 9 wins… maybe, I hope, God save the Queen! Or, wait, God save the King?!
:09—To that point, here’s a few reasons for my recount – #1. We lost to New England and should have won. Likewise with Cleveland. #2. Here’s the upcoming lineup we have to face after the Jets on Oct. 2—Buffalo on Oct. 9, Tampa Bay on Oct. 16, Miami on Oct. 23 and Philadelphia on Oct. 30…What, what, what!!!
:08—Go back with me just a few days ago vs. Cleveland, back on Thursday, Sept. 22. It took 3 1/2 quarters to realize they have a 6-feet-6, 260-pound tight end on the team! OK, help me understand this one. You know you’re going to play the best running tandem in the NFL and that was your game plan… C’mon man! Last and not least, you’re going up against a career backup QB who knows his time is limited…with or without T.J. Watt, bring the fire, man, all ya got, save nothing for tomorrow! Done and done.
THE STEELERS’ JAYLEN WARREN RUSHES AGAINST THE PATRIOTS, SEPT. 18. (PHOTO BY MARLON MARTIN)
:07—You have forgotten about Brittney Griner but we haven’t. Of course, the universal Wheels of Justice turn slowly but let’s get this thing in motion, people, before Russia turns upside down.
:06—BTW… What animal is now faster than the fastest animal on Earth, the cheetah? The Russian Retreating Soldier high-tailing it back to Vlad’s backyard.
:05—It was just a matter of time and we knew he could do it. A tip of the cap to the great Albert Pujols for hitting home run No. 700. A very exclusive club that includes Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and, get this, it moves A-Rod the jerk back to 5th place all-time. Also, Pujols joins Hank Aaron as the only 2 players in baseball’s 150-year history with 700 home runs and 3,000 hits. That’s right kids, Albert and Hank and no one else.
:04—Hey Pittsburgh, we need ya more than we want ya. Please tune in to “Soul Take – Champions Live” sports talk show every Tuesday from 6 to 8p.m. at http://www.pghdsn.com and call in at 412-213-8995 or 412-889-8319. You can also send us a text at 412-218-3888. Trust me, there’s plenty more of this craziness to be heard.
:03—Baseball, among all the major sports, is the most stat-driven—3,000 hits, 500 home runs, 300 pitching victories, a .300 career batting average. Add to that the number 100, as in your Pittsburgh Pirates careening toward another 100-loss season, now just a few losses from reaching that “plateau” for the second year in a row. And let us not forget the pandemic-shortened season of 2020 when the Bucs battled to the worst record in baseball, an anemic 19-47, a .317 winning percentage, one of the worst in baseball history. Last place for the fourth straight year. Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Pigpen could do better.
:02—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and the rest of the Penguins are on the ice as you read this and gearing up to make one final run at their fourth Stanley Cup win. If they can manage to stay healthy and also keep goalie Tristan Jarry in the upright position all season, especially in the playoffs, they may actually be able to win a first-round playoff series and make that run we’ve been expecting. That’s all I got.
:01—Still stuck on 60 home runs after this weekend, I think the Yankees’ Aaron Judge will finish with 64 home runs and become the all-time single-season home run record-holder for the American League. And despite Shohei Ohtani’s incredible season for the Angels, pitching to the tune of 14-8 with a 2.47 ERA and 203 strikeouts so far, plus hitting 34 home runs, 93 RBI and a .271 batting average, Judge should be the MVP because the Angels are terrible and in August when it seemed the Yankees might falter and fall out of the playoff race, Judge carried them on his back. Now they are a lock to win the AL East Division and a favorite to reach the World Series.